Manchester United legend and current Wales Ryan Giggs boss has stated that the current Man City side do not deserve to be compared with the great teams he played in, or the successful Chelsea or Arsenal teams of the past.
Pep Guardiola’s side have been hailed as the best in Premier League history by some pundits this season, and collected their first piece of silverware under the former Barcelona coach last weekend when they beat Arsenal 3-0 in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
However, Giggs believes this Citizens squad will have to win multiple trophies over a series of seasons to be compared with the great United, Chelsea and Arsenal teams of the past.
“I think everyone recognises the football that they’re playing this year is high up there with some of the best we’ve seen in the Premier League era,”
“But I think to compare them to ourselves, Arsenal and Chelsea, you have to win multiple titles. You have to be consistent, not just one wonder season, which they are having.
“The way that they play this year, they’re capable of doing that. It’s up to the other clubs, the likes of United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham to do better next year and to challenge and see how they handle that.”
“It is difficult. We’ve just talked about the World Cup, which no one has defended since Brazil in ’62. We felt that at United, there is that little bit of difference when you’re coming up against teams that want to beat the champions – that pressure, it builds.
“Also for the players, you’ve got to ask them to climb that mountain again, and some can do it, some can’t. It’s a real test.” he said.
Giggs was speaking as an ambassador for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards. The 44-year-old is United’s all-time record appearance maker and won the Premier League an astounding 13 times during his illustrious playing career.